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Short selling: Vilified yet necessary?

Feb 18, 2021
Napoleon called short sellers "enemies of the state." Others believe they serve a useful purpose.
Short sellers have had a bad reputation for centuries. Is it deserved?
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Is the GameStop saga a sign of a stock market bubble?

One thing that bubbles have in common? The unpredictable consequences of economy-wide innovations.
speculative fevers often emerge during times of major economic and technological change. "And in essence, these speculators are accelerating the rise of a new economy," says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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What does the GameStop story mean for regular investors?

Feb 4, 2021
Neil Irwin of The New York Times discusses the "laziest, simplest approach" to investing and says aspects of populism have long influenced the markets.
A GameStop store in New York. The retailer's stock, which became a populist battleground, has plunged in recent trading sessions.
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How can a company like GameStop profit from stock price surges?

Feb 2, 2021
Companies can try to capitalize on a spike in stock prices by issuing new stock while the price is high.
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Why is the price of silver soaring?

Individual investors are apparently fueling the increase. It's a similar strategy to what we've seen with GameStop stock.
Retail investors are now targeting big banks who have bet against the price of silver.
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Is it legal to purposely bankrupt a hedge fund?

Jan 29, 2021
Hedge fund traders were quick to call foul when Redditors banded together to drive up the price of GameStop stock. But it was probably perfectly legal.
A coordinated effort from Redditors to buy GameStop stock threw the market into a tizzy this week.
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GameStop shares back up after Robinhood relaxes restrictions

After shares of the video game retailer closed down 44% Thursday, they were up about 80% at market open Friday.
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Winners and losers in the GameStop stock tug of war

Jan 28, 2021
Some small day traders don't mind losing a little if it means hedge funds lose a lot.
Small traders versus hedge funds: Who will emerge victorious?
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Why is GameStop stock going wild right now?

Jan 27, 2021
Last March, shares were $4 apiece. Now they’re more than $347. Social media has something to do with it.
A GameStop location in New York City. The video game retailer fell on hard times, but recently, its stock has zoomed.
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